Analog vs Digital Pedals

In my experience, both sides have their own abilities to deliver outstanding tones, and really it depends on the individual or a certain type of situations. So for analog sounds, in a nutshell sounds warmer, and digital sounds are yeah, digitized sound.

The difference between analog and digital is that the former sounds just like Mother Nature created sound. It’s natural and continuous. If we get out the signal analyzer or oscilloscope and look at digital and analog signals, this is what you see.

The analog signal is smooth with no breaks or discontinuities in the pattern. It is pure. The digital signal is what we call a sampled representation of the analog signal. The physics of the transformation process just cannot reproduce the natural sound because time is your enemy. You can only sample the analog signal so many times per microsecond and never approach perfection. Thus, the digital signal is a discontinuous representation and does not sound as natural or smooth. It simply cannot happen.

While a digital guitar pedal circuit doesn’t use a program which is stored in the pedal and processes the sampled sound from the input of the pedal. In fact, the infinite variations in the circuit elements of a pedal will always remain the same. Every pedal produces subtle harmonics of its own, that are subjective to change as you change your style of playing, the type of pickup you use or the guitar cords you plug in. Well, in analog pedals you have a wide range of variations to meet with, it is absolutely not possible to model them all, whereas digital pedals have been known to for their great modeling of different amps and pedals.

Check out these analog to digital comparison videos:

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